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Villanelle of Voices Overheard in Payback 2017

April 15, 2017

Villanelle of Voices Overheard in Payback 2017 (obviously, the “we” here does not speak for me.) Rights for you? A damned disgrace. So, why not just shut-the-“f” up as we put you in your place because we hate your [insert] face– we leave the blank–you fill it up– rights for you a damned disgrace. Oh, […]

9/11 (Villanelle)

September 11, 2016

9/11 The burning buildings woke me from a sleep of what I thought important, nothing now. I ran hard down the smoking, crumbling street, praying that my child was mine to keep, dear god oh please dear god I whispered loud; the burning buildings woke me from a sleep. Some stopped to stare, all of […]

Certain Songs (A Villanelle) With Turnips

October 25, 2012

‘ Certain Songs (A Villanelle) There are certain songs most poets like to jive — your true love swoons, pretty tunes of longing so, but some rhymed hearts need rougher food to thrive– They just can’t drink deep from a honied hive, even buzz-fudget around ‘hey dilly-do’ (which is a certain song some…um… poets jive.) […]

Weather or Not – Villanelles (Traveler’s Wedding Side by Side A Nap)

July 7, 2012

I am posting the villanelle below, an older one, for dVerse Poets Pub Poetics challenge, hosted by the wonderful Stu McPherson, to write a poem influenced by the weather.   To spice up this villanelle a bit, I have made a doublespeak audio recording of it,  pairing it with another villanelle called “The Nap (Post-Fight)” […]

“Flag (After Vietnam)” (A Villanelle – Spoken)

July 4, 2012

As a child, I was a school patrol, charged with the raising and lowering of our school’s American flag each day.  This was actually a very solemn post which certainly required as much care as directing kids across streets.  There were strong rules back then about the handling of the flag; these were, of course, […]

“Cautionary Tale” (Free or Trapped Villanelle?)

May 31, 2012

Cautionary Tale “It’s hurting me,” she said in half belief as her hair caught in his passing shirt cuff’s play. He offered nothing else for her relief except untangling fingers, smooth smile’s teeth (his eyes flecked with intelligence and grey). “It’s hurting me,” she said in half belief about a life that had grown spare, […]

“Short” Villanelle

May 29, 2012

Short I’m told that feelings hold a set place in the brain like a house upon a lot, a grave a plot, but mine short like broken circuits caught in rain, guttering flashes pulling to the sane, but not quite magnetized to well-formed thought. I’m told that feelings hold a set space in the brain, […]

“Rain, Snow, iPhone” (Villanelle Against the Machine!)

May 10, 2012

Rain, Snow, iPhone It rains today. What was a scrim of white unspools to fraying sequins, silver thread, as browning fields bring softness to the eye, and rumpled folds of brush and weed deny the brambles that should later stalk my tread. It rains today. What is a scrim of white– the screen that fixates, […]

“The Nap” (Villanelle With Non-fitting Elephants)

May 10, 2012

The Nap (Post Fight, Post Reconcilation)  Side by side, we slid to a dry, still, place. It was not a woeful drought of age or dust, the softer dryness of a tear-trailed face. We never used to find this quiet space. Any closeness quickly clambered into lust. But side by side, we slid to a […]

“Villanelle to Glasses”

March 11, 2012

Another week beginning, and here’s a new picture prompt from Tess Kincaid of Magpie Tales.  The real photograph by Uzengia Aleksander Nedic  is somewhat blurry;  my version (not blurry enough) is above, and my poem below.  I am also linking this poem to “Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads” for their Monday Open Link Day. Villanelle […]